make.cdf.env {makecdfenv}R Documentation

CDF Environment Maker


Reads an Affymetrix chip description file (CDF) and creates an environment used as a hash table for the probe set mapping to location.


             cdf.path = getwd(),
             compress = FALSE,
             return.env.only = TRUE,
             verbose = TRUE)


filename Character. Filename of the CDF file - without the path prefix!
cdf.path Character. Path to the CDF file.
compress Logical. If TRUE, CDF file is compressed.
return.env.only Logical. If TRUE (the default), then the function returns an environment. Otherwise, a list with two elements, the first being the environment, and the second being a data structure that contains additional information needed for the package builder (see details, and vignette).
verbose Logical. If TRUE, messages are shown.


Normally, this function should not be called directly. The preferred way to handle CDF information is to use make.cdf.package to build a package, and to install it into R. The CDF information can then either be invoked automatically by the package affy, or can be loaded manually by calling, for example, library(hgu133a).

Some R installations (typically on Windows) do not offer all the tools that are necessary for package building. In such situations, this function may be called directly. Please see the vignette for details - type:


Return values: env is an environment, used as a hash table. For every probe set name we have a matrix with 2 columns. The first column contains the PM locations and the second column the MM locations. For PM only chips the MM column will have NAs.

syms is a list that contains chip-specific (i.e., CDF-file specific) information that can be used in the construction of the help files for the CDF package.


Depending on the argument return.env.only, either the environment, or a list with two elements, env and syms. See details.


Rafael A. Irizarry, Wolfgang Huber

See Also



  env <- make.cdf.env("Hu6800.CDF.gz",
           cdf.path=system.file("extdata", package="makecdfenv"),
  get("U53347_at", env)    

[Package makecdfenv version 1.8.0 Index]